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Please provide input or experience. Noticed an interesting phenomena last night. Fished my buddy's dock over in the Rigolets. He recently replaced all his dock lights with very bright LEDs. Caught a few fish, but noticed few strikes or surface action under our lights. Also, no bugs swarming around the big, bright LED lights. Across the canal, bugs were swarming his neighbors rather yellow lights. Also noticed more fish activity and the occasional strike of a game fish under the neighbors lights. Water depth in both places is quite similar, around 4' and deepening as you go out from the dock. Then it got really interesting! All night long the mullet were jumping everywhere, except under our big LED lights. They stayed out some 50 yards from our dock. When I turned the lights off, the mullet moved within 5 yards of the dock and were making a heck of a lot of racket RIGHT NEXT TO THE DOCK! Were the new, bright LEDs scaring away the fish??? Thanks for your input.

April 11 at 10:03am

Anyone fishing the Rigolets or Lake Catherine? Made a few short trips over there in the last couple of weeks but saw no other boats. Water was very fresh to the taste and fish activity was rather minimal. Caught one nice 26' red on a rattle trap and several smaller reds. Managed one barely legal spec.

March 05 at 8:28am

Had a fun but exhausting trip with my buddy, the Dentist, today. No tide and lots of wind from the East by 8am made fishing conditions tough today, but we caught PLENTY of fish. Unfortunately, only two made it in the ice chest, a 20' red and a nice flounder.

Caught the heck out of big GafTops on pearl minnow Gulp. Kept losing tails of the minnow to needlefish, though I managed to hook three. Also caught ladyfish, several limits of small reds (too small to keep), only a few 10' trout, croaker, pinfish and one 3 lb flounder. Interestingly, not a hard head cat was caught. Just fun fishing with a good friend - that's what it's all about!!!

Look forward to taking the Miss Kitti back out when conditions improve.

September 11, 2018 at 5:54pm

Tough day at Delacroix yesterday. Launched out of Sweetwater and headed toward Black Bay. High tide around noon, but water was still quite stained. Within an hour, water was moving out, full of moss and pretty dirty. Caught one bull red but couldn't keep the Gulp from the Gaftops. Water salinity tasted like 10 ppm, about like the potable water in Leeville. Only caught two trout which wouldn't reach 10 in. Caught a record Gaftop (smallest I've ever caught) on a 1/8 in jig & Matrix Shad (see pic). Bait was everywhere so I figured it was just a bad moon. That's why they call it fishing!!!

July 26, 2018 at 7:51am

Anyone know where you can buy a GOOD catfish flipper. I used to have some that were galvanized with a rubber grip. All I can find are the cheap H&H aluminum ones. Hasn't someone made them out of stainless??? Thanks!

July 04, 2015 at 8:16am

Gabriel, Michael & Hope Redmann from Destin, Florida, enjoyed a fantastic fishing trip out of Sweetwater Marina on June 16th & 17th, accompanied by their Dad, Major Kerry Redmann, III (USAF ret) and Grandpa Kerry Redmann, Jr. Uncle Kris Redmann guided them to small trout & drum Tuesday morning, with strong SE winds muddying the water requiring several relocations. The afternoon seemed more of the same, with the kids catching an interesting variety including croaker, stingray & a 4' garfish. However, Capt. Jack Payne III at Sweetwater Marina suggested a spot to take the children for fun with reds & drum Wednesday morning. This resulted in a large ice chest of reds & drum after two hours of constant action. Once the chest was filled, the children began catch & release during another hour of action. A great time was had by all!

June 19, 2015 at 7:29pm

Wanted to get some opinions on what folks think is the best light saltwater spinning reel - mainly for specs & reds. I know the Shimano Stradic is a fine reel, as I've fished with one for years. Kind of a flimsy drag, though-burned one up on the third bull red caught that day. Don't want to spend the bucks for a Stella-that price is ridiculous.

Have been pleased with the Fin-Nor megalite, but it's hard to get parts for them. Fin-Nor's Ahab 8 would be great, but I think it's too heavy. Haven't used a Van Staal. Daiwa's always made a great spinning reel, but I've lost track of the models. Would rather BUY AMERICAN! What do ya'll think???

August 09, 2012 at 10:16pm
A comment titled: Re: Not every trip is a great one in response to a report titled: Not every trip is a great one

That's why they call it 'fishin' and not 'catchin'. Wiz. Wouldn't be as much fun and satisfaction in it if you did well all the time. Got skunked last Friday working Lake Borgne and the West side of Biloxi marsh. A few throwback reds was it. Really got there too late, but the water was pretty. In the immortal words of Arnold Schwartzenager, 'I'll be back!'

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May 14 at 2:48pm
A comment titled: Re: Bayou Lacombe Results 5 9 19 in response to a report titled: Bayou Lacombe Results 5 9 19

Those'll make a nice meal!

May 14 at 10:16am

Nice catch!

May 14 at 7:44am
A comment titled: Re: Pier, Dock or Wharf Lighting in response to a report titled: Pier, Dock or Wharf Lighting

Very interesting. Thanks!

April 11 at 12:13pm
A comment titled: Re: Eagle In The Suburbs - Metairie in response to a report titled: Eagle In The Suburbs - Metairie

Lots of easy pickings in the neighborhood. Small dogs and cats are let outside in their backyards, often unattended. Lots of dogs and cats lost to coyotes here in Mandeville for the same reason. Metairie canals also have nutria on which eagles feast. Watch your pet!!!!

March 06 at 9:26am
A comment titled: Re: 7 MM ELK LOAD in response to a report titled: 7 MM ELK LOAD

Additionally, I believe that the Federal Premium ammo is loaded with a 175gr Nosler Partition bullet. Remington also makes some ammo with a 175gr Scirocco bullet - I believe it's called Premium Big Game or something like that. You'll pay twice as much as the Corelokts but it is money well spent!!!

February 12 at 3:17pm
A comment titled: Re: 7 MM ELK LOAD in response to a report titled: 7 MM ELK LOAD

The Remington 700 in 7mm Rem Mag is a great hunting rifle and certainly up to taking elk. However, elk are heavier, thicker animals than are whitetail. Having taken a few myself, I'd highly recommend going to a 175gr premium bullet, such as the Nosler Partition bullet. The 175gr in a 7mm Rem Mag gets the greatest penetration of any bullet in its class and it's certainly worth using a premium bullet such as the Nosler Partition. Also, performance is not just measured in velocity. The greater ballistic coefficient of the 175gr bullet will provide better accuracy and less velocity loss downrange. Many elk are shot at ranges exceeding 300 yards, as they have gotten much more difficult to get close to. Although a big target, the consistency of where the bullet hits is of great importance. I have no doubt you will be better served by the 175gr bullet. Good hunting!!!!

February 12 at 3:13pm

Fished last week with meager results. Lots of pogies in the water. Gaftops, ladyfish & needle nose were everywhere. Wasted a lot of live shrimp. Caught very small trout & redfish, but it was a slack tide week. Will try again this week but methinks it?s still early.

September 16, 2018 at 9:03am

Yeah, a lot of good snakes get killed. Fussed with some guys that killed a Mississippi mud snake last spring. They thought it was poisonous because of bright coloring. Send contact number when you can and i'll give you a call. Slack tides this week as I found out yesterday. Busy the rest of the week myself. Regards!

September 12, 2018 at 6:56am
A comment titled: Re: When life gives you lemons in response to a report titled: When life gives you lemons

Sounds like a great day! congrats!

September 11, 2018 at 7:41pm

Hope to run into you sometime. Fish Lady P and the Rigolets. Turning 65 yo in February so we can talk Medicare also. Haven't fished Bayou Cane but it looks like fun. Hope to see you on the water!

September 11, 2018 at 5:41pm
A comment titled: Re: Sweetwater Marina in response to a report titled: Sweetwater Marina

Thanks for the honest report, Capt Jack. I always laugh when I see these guides give us a new report with pics of trout they used many times previously. We're not THAT stupid!

Look forward to next month at Sweetwater!

August 26, 2018 at 9:45pm

Amen to that! Get rid of them all!!!

August 26, 2018 at 3:50pm

Back in the '80's, I used to fish West Bay twice a week every other week. We caught large specs, croakers, bull reds, jacks & blacktips. Fishing was incredible. Then the pogie boats moved in. Within months, fishing went to the outhouse. When the boats left, a trail of dead fish 200 yards wide and as far as you could see remained. Nets are indiscriminate. They kill everything. Pogie boats should be outlawed!!!

August 14, 2018 at 6:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Lake Pontchartrain Manatees in response to a report titled: Lake Pontchartrain Manatees

Saw a monster manatee today at about noon. My son first thought he was watching a giant garfish. I remembered your post and tried to get a picture but failed. We were fishing the shoreline in the Rigolets on the North side, about halfway between the Hwy 90 bridge and the L&N railroad bridge.

The manatee appeared to be 3-4 feet wide and at least 10' long. He came up by my boat, blew, and then subsurfaced. He had moss growing all over him, looked somewhat brown and had about a 2' wide fluke. He was huge. I got a good look at him from about 10 feet!

August 06, 2018 at 3:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Plan B Results 7 19 18 in response to a report titled: Plan B Results 7 19 18

Nice bass!!!!

July 19, 2018 at 4:57pm
A comment titled: Re: Happy Fourth of July America in response to a report titled: Happy Fourth of July America

Not to be too political, but the USA elected a good businessman to be President. I believe he's trying to 'Make America Great Again.' Much of what he says makes sense. As Americans, we need to get behind him. Everything he says or wants to do is fought against by most of the Democrats. America is not Democrats and Republicans, it's Americans. Democrats lost the election and should now try to help the country move forward - not bicker over every issue. It'll take a long time to drain the swamp and real, working Americans will be suffering through it. This country was created to help all people, not make millionaires of those that have 'served?' in Washington. Let's move forward, building something our grandkids CAN keep!!!!

God bless America!!!

July 04, 2018 at 2:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Big Bridge Results 7 3 18 in response to a report titled: Big Bridge Results 7 3 18

That makes supper!!!

July 04, 2018 at 8:42am
A comment titled: Re: First fish in response to a report titled: First fish

Fantastic! 'Teach someone to fish and you feed them for a lifetime!'


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Boutte, LA

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Boutte, LA

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